Blog Category: Kootenay Boundary

CSA STORIES: WHITE PINE MOUNTAIN APIARY

Posted by Hailey Troock on May 04, 2020

White Pine Mountain Apiary

We recently shared our first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Story featuring Forrest Farm Salmo, jumping into the ins and outs of their protein and vegetable CSA. Next up, we’re catching up with Christina Yahn and Justin Werner, two holistic beekeepers and pollinator activists based in the Slocan Valley of BC. Through their business, White Pine Mountain Apiary, they operate a unique CSA model that includes a community supported apiary, whereby members adopt a bee hive and they do the maintenance and care over the season at their mountain apiary. Harvest is then shared among each member! Read on to learn more … Continue reading CSA STORIES: WHITE PINE MOUNTAIN APIARY

LAND OPPORTUNITY: South-facing raw land in Balfour

Posted by Hailey Troock on May 04, 2020

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This land opportunity is located in Balfour, a small community nestled on the north side of the Kootenay River, north of Nelson. The land is raw and unfenced, accessed from a driveway located on a residential lot with multiple occupied households. The residential lot has wifi and cell service. The driving time to Kaslo is 25 minutes, 15 minutes to Ainsworth Hot Springs, and 35 minutes to Nelson. … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: South-facing raw land in Balfour

YA U-MAP NOW HAS A SPACE TO CONNECT FOR GARDEN SHARING!

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 20, 2020 5 Comments

We were excited to launch the Young Agrarians U-Map in 2013 as a “one-stop” resource to new farmers to help them find everything from training and jobs, to business planning resources, to suppliers and market opportunities. When we launched the B.C. Land Matching Program in 2016, we upgraded our U-Map so that farmland owners and farmers seeking land could list their detailed visions and needs – anyone across Canada can use the land listings to list or find land. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, we’re seeing a huge growth in people’s desire to grow food for themselves and their families. (And … Continue reading YA U-MAP NOW HAS A SPACE TO CONNECT FOR GARDEN SHARING!

COMMUNITY INSIGHTS: Columbia Basin Virtual Foodshed Gatherings

Posted by Hailey Troock on April 10, 2020 2 Comments

In response to a very rapidly evolving local food system, networks are mobilizing to share information, best practices, personal experiences and collaborating in new ways in order to maximize the use of resources, minimize duplication of efforts and envision a response that is informed from the ground up. Every second Thursday for the foreseeable future, the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council, creator of the Central Kootenay Farm and Food Directory, is hosting a meeting to provide a space for those involved in food systems in the Columbia Basin (farmers, food processors and businesses, non-profits, local government) to discuss their work, challenges … Continue reading COMMUNITY INSIGHTS: Columbia Basin Virtual Foodshed Gatherings

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 06, 2020

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Thank you farmers for ensuring our communities have access to safe and nutritious food! We’ve pulled together this list of resources from across the internet to help you and your farm business during this time. Please reach out if you have other ideas for ways we can support you, or if you have other great resources to add to this list. Farm on! Farmers are heroes! Resources for Farmers: 1. Add your farm to the U-Map Add yourself to the U-Map so consumers can find your farm, or ensure your current listing is up to date. Consider including any pickup or delivery information … Continue reading COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Farm Sharing Opportunity near Edgewood, B.C.

Posted by Hailey Troock on April 01, 2020

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND The property is 80 acres of fertile bottom land in the Inonoaklin Valley, near the small community of Edgewood, BC. Edgewood is located just over an hour from Nakusp, across the Needles Ferry, and 2 hours from Vernon, both with local Farmer’s Markets. Much of the land is forested or pasture, with about 6 acres of rich cultivated gardens. The farm has been in operation there for 20 years, building … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Farm Sharing Opportunity near Edgewood, B.C.

Kootenay Farm Directory: Spring 2020

Posted by Hailey Troock on March 24, 2020

It’s March 2020 and in the face of a global health crisis, we’re experiencing some supply chain disruptions and an increased local demand for healthy food. It’s more important than ever to support your local farmers! Food producers have had to quickly pivot their business models and sales channels to adapt to the evolving market and regulatory conditions. If you are located in southeastern BC and are looking for ways to connect directly with farmers and food producers in your area, consider joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for weekly boxes, purchasing online for delivery, pick-up or from your local Farmers’ Markets, … Continue reading Kootenay Farm Directory: Spring 2020

Support your local farmers- buy direct!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 19, 2020

The Young Agrarians team has been brainstorming ways we can support farmers during these challenging times, and ensure our communities have access to safe and nutritious food. Supporting our local food systems is more important than ever. Small farms will have a much harder time surviving the economic slowdown than bigger businesses. As restaurants and other markets close, some farmers are experiencing challenges getting their produce to consumers.  Fortunately, farmers are a creative bunch, and many are restructuring their sales channels to offer online ordering and contactless pickup and delivery to optimize safety and make sure their food gets to eaters. We’re all in this together, … Continue reading Support your local farmers- buy direct!

POSTPONED – TBA 2020: HARROP, BC – Land Social at ZeroFox Farms

Posted by Hailey Troock on March 12, 2020

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UPDATE: We will be postponing this event until further notice. We hope to join together with the community this season in Harrop when it is safe again to do so.  Join Young Agrarians in Harrop, B.C., for a Land Social at ZeroFox Farms. If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about, join us for an event all about land! We’ll be gathering to tour a new farm where edible perennial trees and shrubs, as well as medicinal herbs, are grown. We’ll chat about land sharing and starting a new farm in the Kootenays through the B.C. Land … Continue reading POSTPONED – TBA 2020: HARROP, BC – Land Social at ZeroFox Farms

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Linden Lane Farms

Posted by Melanie Buffel on March 09, 2020

Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! My name is Matthew Carr from Linden Lane Farms and my Mentor is Seann Dory from Salt and Harrow Farm.  Where do you farm? The farm is located in Krestova, BC (Between Nelson & Castlegar).  What do you farm? We mainly farm mixed vegetables and small fruits on … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Linden Lane Farms